“Just Breathe is a brilliant book… It goes well beyond the physical practice of yoga asana to reveal the deeper life practice in the Patanjali Yoga Sutras. It is the perfect book for all, starters or practitioners, not only to expand their love and understanding of Yoga, one of India’s greatest contributions to humanity, but to live life with fullness.”
– Kabir Bedi, Indian television and film actor
There seems to be a yoga studio in just about every city in America these days. 24 hour big-box gyms even have yoga classes scrunched between their weight lifting courses and Zumba dance sessions. The Western world has, in a sense, taken Yoga and run with it as an alterative to pilates and dance routines, resulting in this ancient practice leaving its mental and spiritual origins in India, far behind.
“Yoga is a science of the mind. It not only teaches us how to live a more mindful and meaningful existence, but it also helps us discover our remarkable individual potential,” says Radhika Vachani, the founder and CEO of Yogacara Healing Arts, one of the most popular yoga and wellness institutions in Mumbai, India.
This is the heartbeat behind her new book, Just Breathe: The Most PowerfulTool for Personal Transformation and Happiness [Westland Publishing, July 15 2017], the first-ever book written as a tribute to the renowned yoga-legend BKS Iyengar.
In JustBreathe, Vachani begins with her personal journey with Iyengar yoga that helped her climb out of a pit of anxiety, depression and illness, into a life of meaning and joy. Just Breathe takes readers through an inspiring journey based on the ancient text of the Yoga Sutras, and shows us how to skillfully maneuver through this complex rollercoaster called 'Life,’ all centered around one main point: your breath. Through simple, practical techniques, Vachani demonstrates how the breath is by far the most important tool in helping you train and discipline your mind into stillness. A restless mind is not only the route cause of all your experiences of pain and pleasure, but it also determines your ability to discover the best version of yourself.
“If you do not take the time to bring order to your mind, despite everything you do or achieve, your happiness and sense of satisfaction will be short lived and you will spend your entire life on a treadmill to nowhere,” says Vachani, who gave up a successful corporate career in San Francisco to start her holistic wellness business back in India. “My hope is that Just Breathe inspires individuals to take full responsibility for their lives, the state of their minds and the enhancement of their life experiences. Every single one of us have access to a vast reservoir of intelligence, creativity and wisdom that we may never access unless we learn how to do it. Just Breathe is precisely about this journey of self discovery that unfolds through the training of the mind through simple yet integral breathing practices.”
In Just Breathe, Vachani addresses:
· Changing the way we think so we can live life with meaning, discovering our full individual potential
· Becoming more responsive versus reactive
· Handling challenges, stress and anxiety with grace and equanimity
· Understanding how the mind functions and creates all our experiences of pain and pleasure
· Yoga, the life practice-developing the art of living skillfully, the journey that is well beyond the physical practice of yoga as seen in the Western world
· The highly advanced practice of meditation as the ultimate goal of yoga, and the importance of the pre-meditative practices in this journey
· The path of self discovery and to uncovering our amazing individual potential
· And much more…
"Each one of us is faced with a tremendous amount of impermanence, volatility and uncertainty in our lives, thus learning how to live life skillfully, living yoga as a life practice, is an integral learned art," Vachani says.
inner awareness-the most powerful driver for change, expansion and growth.